Is the U.N.’s Burma effort running out of steam? It doesn’t seem like it ever had much. And sanctions haven’t bothered the junta either.
Blood rubies: Who’s buying Burma’s gems?

Monks and some citizens staged a bold protest in Lhasa to celebrate Uprising Day. But Tibetan protesters in Greece (where the Olympic torch is lit) were blocked by police, and will face similar treatment in India. They are running their own protest relay, the Tibetan Freedom Torch Relay.

“Olympia is a sight where people come together, a site of peace,” Olympia Mayor Giorgos Aidonis said. “It’s not a place for political conflict or settlement of disputes, whatever the rights and wrongs in the case. They did not even meet with us to discuss their issue.”

A depressing piece on the damage biodiesel is doing to the environment. This really needs to be figured out.

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